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Coast Guard Aviation

Current Title: Kustwacht
Title in English: Netherlands Coast Guard
Abbreviation: KW


Narrative Summary:
The Coast Guard was first created in 1987. It's first aircraft was a Cessna 404, but this was replaced by a Dornier Do 228 in 1990. Until January 2007 Dutch coastguard aviation was operated by the civilian company Martinair, under contract to the Rijkwaterstaat. After that date operation and servicing passed to the military. Two second-hand Do 228s were introduced in 2007 to replace the well-used previous example of the type.

Key Dates:
26 February 1987    Netherlands Coast Guard established.
1 June 1995    Operational command passed to the Navy.
1 January 2007    Coast Guard reorganised to improve its law enforcement effectiveness.

Current Status:
Management of the aircraft is carried by the KLu, with maintenance done by Jet Support. The pilots are from the Royal Netherlands Navy and Royal Netherlands Air Force and the observers are from various ministries.

Future Plans:
None known.


National Insignia:
Coastguard aircraft are civilian machines and do not carry military roundels. The service title KUSTWACHT is carried on the fuselage sides.

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
Dutch Coast Guard aircraft carry civil registrations.

Unit/Base Aircraft Code System(s):
Coding system not used


Aircraft Designation System(s):
None - Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory:

Aircraft Type Total
Role Origin
Do228-212 3 2 Coastal Patrol Germany

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Do228-212 3 1988? current Germany
Cessna 404 Titan 1 1987 1990 USA

Aircraft NOT Used:
False reports of aircraft on order or in service - none known.


Main Headquarters:
Dutch Navy Headquarters, Den Helder.

Current Organisational Structure:
All aircraft are based at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

Current Order of Battle:

Squadron Type Base
- 2 x Do 228-212 Schiphol

Historical Orders of Battle:
Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List:
Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
All aircraft are based at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
Not applicable.

More Information


To be added


None known.


Nederlandse Kustwacht

wikipedia: Kustwacht (Dutch text)


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